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USGS research activities relevant to Alaska have yielded more than 9400 historical publications. This page features some of the most recent newsworthy research findings.

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2020 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Year Published: 1988

Stromatolite- and coated-grain-bearing carbonate rocks of the western Brooks Range: A section in Geologic studies in Alaska by the U.S. Geological Survey during 1987

Carbonate rocks characterized by locally abundant stromatolites and coated grains have been found at several localities in the Baird Mountains and Ambler River quadrangles (fig. 1). These rocks are part of a belt of metasedimentary and metaigneous rocks that constitutes the southwestern flank of the Brooks Range; all are included in the...

Dumoulin, Julie A.

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Summer production of coho salmon stocked in Mount St. Helens streams 3-6 years after the 1980 eruption

Bisson, P.A.; Nielsen, J.L.; Ward, J.W.
Summer production of coho salmon stocked in Mount St. Helens streams 3-6 years after the 1980 eruption; 1988; Article; Journal; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; Bisson, P. A.; Nielsen, J. L.; Ward, J. W.

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Survival of aluminum and monel bands on black brant

Three recoveries of Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) were recently reported in the "Significant Encounters" section of North American Bird Bander (Anon. 1986). At the time of recovery these Brant were 21.5, 22 and at least 22.5 years old. The significance of these recoveries caught my attention as all were of birds banded on the Yukon Delta...

Lensink, Calvin J.

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Year Published: 1988

Testing for individual variation in breeding success

I measured the breeding success of Northern Fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) in 6 consecutive years at a colony in the Semidi Islands, western Gulf of Alaska (56°N, 156°W). I tabulated the frequency distribution of the number of years successful for a sample of 224 nest sites at which breeding occurred in all 6 yr. A consistently higher probability of...

Hatch, Scott A.

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Year Published: 1987

Comparison of five techniques for the detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum in adult coho salmon.

Samples of kidney, spleen, coelomic fluid, and blood from 56 sexually mature coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch were examined for infection by Renibacterium salmoninarum by five methods. The overall prevalence (all sample types combined) of R. salmoninarum in the fish was 100% by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, 86% by the combined results of...

Pascho, R.J.; Elliott, D.G.; Mallett, R.W.; Mulcahy, D.

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Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus detected by separation and incubation of cells from salmonid cavity fluid.

Infectious hematopoietic necrosis (IHN) virus is usually detected by inoculating susceptible cell cultures with cavity ("ovarian") fluid (CF) from spawning females. We identified additional adult carriers of virus in spawning populations of steelhead trout (Salmo gairdneri) and sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) by collecting nonerythrocytic...

Mulcahy, D.; Batts, W.N.

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Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for a soluble antigen of Renibacterium salmoninarum, the causative agent for salmonid bacterial kidney disease

A double-antibody enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detection of a soluble fraction of Renibacterium salmoninarum was developed from components extracted from the supernatant of an R. salmoninarum broth culture. The Costar® Serocluster™ EIA microplate gave the highest absorbance and signal-to-noise ratios among seven types tested....

Pascho, R.J.; Mulcahy, D.

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Tables showing analyses of semiquantitative spectrometry and atomic-absorption spectrophotometry of rock samples collected in the Ugashik, Bristol Bay, and western part of the Karluk quadrangles, Alaska

The accompanying tables list chemical analyses of 337 rock samples that were collected in 1979, 1980, and 1981 in conjunction with geologic mapping in the Ugashik, Bristol Bay, and part of Karluk quadrangles. This work was conducted under the auspices of the Alaska Mineral Resource Assessment Program (AMRAP). This report is to accompany Wilson and...

Wilson, Frederic H.; O'Leary, Richard M.
Tables showing analyses of semiquantitative spectrometry and atomic-absorption spectrophotometry of rock samples collected in the Ugashik, Bristol Bay, and western part of the Karluk quadrangles, Alaska; 1987; OFR; 87-419; Wilson, F. H.; O'Leary, R. M.

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Adult survival and productivity of Northern Fulmars in Alaska

The population dynamics of Northern Fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) were studied at the Semidi Islands in the western Gulf of Alaska. Fulmars occurred in a broad range of color phases, and annual survival was estimated from the return of birds in the rarer plumage classes. A raw estimate of mean annual survival over a 5-year period was 0.963, but a...

Hatch, Scott A.

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Aggressive encounters between tundra swans and greater white-fronted geese during brood rearing

Interspecific aggression in waterfowl (Anatidae) is relatively common (McKinney 1965; Kear 1972; Savard 1982, 1984), but interactions leading to mortality of one of the combatants are rarely-observed in the wild. A recent debate (Livezey and Humphrey 1985a, 1985b; Nuechterlein and Storer 1985a, 1985b; Murray 1985) has centered on the proximate and...

Ely, Craig R.; Budeau, David A.; Swain, Una G.

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An inexpensive device for recording animal behavior

Recording animal behavior is tedious and time consuming when behaviors are recorded on tape and transcribed to data sheets. Data loggers circumvent these problems, but can be prohibitively expensive and may require extensive programming (see Hensler et al. [1986]). I describe an inexpensive, efficient alternative for recording behavioral...

Ely, Craig R.

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Autumn staging of cackling Canada geese on the Alaska Peninsula

Cackling Canada Geese Branta canadensis minima undergo a long (2,800 km) migration between their autumn staging areas on the Alaska Peninsula and wintering areas in Oregon and California. Adults and young lost an average of 543 g during this migratory flight. Weight gains between fledging and autumn migration are essential for the successful...

Sedinger, James S.; Bollinger, Karen S.

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